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10 of the most amazing archaeological discoveries made in 2017


It is time to take a look at 2017 and comb through the numerous archaeological discoveries that have were made this year, and pick out 10 of the most fascinating, worth remembering.

Note there isn’t a particular order.

Tower of skulls

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The ancient skull-tower is believed to have been quoted by Spanish conquistadores. Image credit: REUTERS.

A group of archaeologists has found more than 650 skulls amalgamated with lime near the ‘Templo Mayor’ of the Aztec capital Tenochitlan, in Mexico. Archaeologists believe they were part of the Huey Tzompantli, a massive tower of skulls that horrified the Spanish conquerors when they captured the city in 1521.

Cavity in the Great Pyramid

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Where researchers found a void in the Great Pyramid of Giza using muons. The team previously discovered a smaller, passageway-like void on the pyramid’s northern face. ScanPyramids/HIP Institute

Scientists who used cosmic ray-based scanning technology detected a large mysterious “cavity” inside the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The mysterious space, 20 meters long, is located just above the Grand Gallery, and it is the first large structure discovered since the 19th century inside the pyramid, which is believed to date back around 4,500 years.

The Dead Sea Scrolls—the 12th cave

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A small piece of the Book Of Giants and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Researchers announced in 2017 the discovery of a series of jars, wrappings, and ties related to the Dead Sea Scrolls (the manuscripts that include the oldest known copies of biblical texts) in a cave, the twelfth of the Qumran caves near Qumran, Israel.

“This exciting excavation is the closest we’ve come to discovering new Dead Sea scrolls in 60 years,” said Hebrew University archaeologist Oren Gutfeld, director of the excavation.

Two sunken cities

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A joint Tunisian-Italian archaeological mission has been looking for evidence of Neapolis since 2010 – Image Credit: National Heritage Institute Tunisia/University of Sassari

Tunisia and Italy. Archaeologists discovered the existence of two submerged ancient Roman cities: Neapolis, near the city of Nabeul, and Baia, on the Italian coast. They disappeared in the 4th century, as a result of seismic and volcanic activity in the Mediterranean.

Stone gates in Saudi Arabia

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The massive structures as seen from the air.

Researchers came across more than 400 strange structures which date back thousands of years in Saudi Arabia.

It is believed that the ancient stone structures—dubbed as Gates by experts—could go be around 7,000 years old. Their purpose remains a mystery. Some of these “gates” are located next to a volcanic dome that at one time spewed out basaltic lava.

The Antikythera wreck

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The bronze arm recovered at the site of the shipwreck.

The Antikythera shipwreck yielded more fascinating discovers as researchers discovered a vast array of relics and an arm of a bronze statue. This is quite a find as experts say that bronze statues are among the rarest artifacts from ancient times. What makes this discovery even more fascinating is the fact that the arm fragment does not match any statue bodies discovered to date, which brings us to the question: Where’s the rest of the statue?

The Oldest Pottery fragments in America

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Pieces of the pottery fragments recovered by archaeologists. Image Credit: Far Eastern Federal University of Russia

2017 has yielded what many experts consider as the oldest pottery fragments ever discovered in the American Continent.

A team of Russian and Ecuadorian experts recovered artifacts that are believed to date back more than 6,000 years and belonged to the little-studied culture of San Pedro.

A 4,000-year-old clay tablet reveals location of Ancient Cities

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Ancient cuneiform inscriptions. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Researchers have analyzed a 4,000-year-old clay tablet created by ancient merchants from the Assyrian Empire which details the approximate location of 11 long lost ancient cities.

Written in the ancient Cuneiform script—developed by the ancient Sumerians—the clay tablets detail a set of business transactions, accounts, seals, contracts and even marriage certificates.

Buddha’s remains?

The ceramic urn containing human remains incinerated with the name of engraved Buddha (Chinese Cultural Relics)

Archaeologists have recovered cremated bones hidden away in a 1,000-year old chest in China that according to reports, may belong to Siddhartha Gautama, better known as Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

9,7-million-year-old teeth

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Seen in this image are two of the fossilized teeth discovered at Eppelsheim. Image Credit: The Museum of Natural History in Mainz

Experts found a 9.7 million-year-old fossilized denture that belonged to a species that in theory appeared in Africa several millions of years later has taken experts by surprise.

The revolutionary finding may put Europe as the cradle of humanity.

The discovery was made by experts from Germany who after making the discovery said: “We do not want to dramatize it too much, but I would hypothesize that we will have to start rewriting the history of humanity after today.”